|You must have noticed a one-page weekly bulletin
going around your divisions and departments. Wondering how it came
about? Pioneer Police Life Weekly (PLW) writer SC/Cpl Nisar Keshvani
tells us all about it.
Fast, up-to-date newsbites. That is the concept behind Police
Life Weekly which began its maiden print run in the first week of
July 1997. Incidentally, the first story to hit the divisions was
the handing over of command from Commissioner Tee Tua Ba to Commissioner
Khoo Boon Hui.
"We realised there was a time lapse with
Police Life Monthly. Because of production restraints - it takes close
to two months to produce an issue - we could not carry the latest
events and stories. Besides PLM plays more of an archival role, hence
the need for PLW," said Mr Toh Yong Chuan, Assistant Director
(Information) Public Affairs Department.
Since its pilot phase, PLW has not turned back. Each
week one or two stories highlighting force-wide events or latest
happenings are carried in the bulletin. Because of its hectic production
schedule, our able reporters have to knock out their stories almost
immediately after covering them.
"I first saw the weekly during my divisional attachment and
it was refreshing. Little did I know I would be posted to the Public
Affairs Department and that I would in fact be the one writing stories
for both PLW and PLM," said Police Life Writer Insp Ronald
Wong with a chuckle.
"Once the story is written, our in-house Editors Mr Toh and
Mr Christopher Lim (Ag Head Publicity, Programme and Information)
fine-tune the contents and the stories are passed on to our in-house
"I am grateful that SC Juraimi Jumahat (pioneer designer of
PLW) passed some skills on to me. We work on a tight schedule and
since it is black and white, it is a challenge to sustain the readers
attention," said SC/Cpl Azhar Talib, PLW's designer.
SC/Cpl Azhar has every Friday morning to produce the weekly. The
PLW story is far from over once the layout is out. It next goes
to our in-house printers at the Operations Division of Public Affairs
Department and 1,000 copies are printed for distribution.
The copies are packed according to divisional strength and sent
off via despatch every Saturday morning. Individual copies are also
faxed to all 91 Neighbourhood Police Posts.
"Its nice to be in the know when it comes to police events.
I used to hear it from fellow officers in other divisions. But today,
my weekly copy arrives to my NPP promptly and I in turn pass it
on to my men," said a happy SSgt John Vijayan, Deputy Officer-In-Charge
Tanjong Pagar NPP.
There is a What's Coming Up! Column in the weekly to alert officers
to coming events within the Force. A copy is also posted on the
SPF Intranet promptly for officers to read. Once the issue is out,
the production process for the next issue begins.
Mr Lim and Police Life Writer Insp Deane Chong sum up the feelings
of the PLW team aptly.
"Six months have passed since our first issue. Though it is
an arduous task producing PLW each week, it is the positive feedback
that drives us on.We have received numerous calls and emails thanking
us for our efforts. It's just another step towards keeping our men
on the ground posted on what's happening throughout the Force."